Fundraising Team

Jason Briggs, Head of Income Generation

Jason joined Cavendish at the start of 2018, leaving behind a role in fundraising consulting. His previous experience consists of fundraising intelligence roles, as well managing a social enterprise. He is also a Trustee of a number of charities. In 2016 he led a team at The University of Sheffield to win an Insight in Fundraising Award, and in 2017 was personally awarded the CASE Europe Iain More Award for ‘emerging development professional’. Jason was attracted to Cavendish by its emphasis on inner well being during a cancer diagnosis. In 2013 he lost his father to cancer who lived in an area of France where there was no professional emotional or psychological support. Having seen the difference such services can make, Jason is dedicated to seeing Cavendish thrive so anyone can access such beneficial services.


Jonny Cole, Fundraising Manager

Jonny came to Cavendish Cancer Care to help out for a month in 2006 after getting involved with us through a corporate partner and never left. After meeting so many people that Cavendish Care has made a significant difference to he feels passionately about the care we provide. He is married to Jenny and is Father to Jack and in his (limited) spare time enjoys playing for Rotherham Hockey Club as a goalkeeper.

Talk to Jonny about…
– Taking on a challenge to fundraise for Cavendish (e.g. a marathon)
– Running your own fundraising event
– Donating stamps

Claudia Downs, Marketing & Outreach Officer

Claudia, a recent graduate of the University of Sheffield, has been at Cavendish since June 2018. She joined the charity as she loves the city and its people, and wants to help make a difference in the community. Her role is all about sharing the Cavendish cause with the public – telling the stories of both the people we support, and the people who support us. In her free time, Claudia is a music lover who is happiest at concerts and festivals, and mum to Bernard (a hefty cat.)

Talk to Claudia about…
– Marketing, PR and Social Media
– Sharing your story
– Leaving a Legacy gift

Helen Iredale, Fundraising Officer

Helen joined the team at Cavendish in March 2019 as Fundraising Officer. Her role involves getting out and about, raising the profile of the charity and helping the community and local businesses create fun and memorable fundraising events. After accessing the Young People’s Service at Cavendish when she was 10 years old, Helen was excited for the opportunity to contribute to the charity’s growth and make a real difference for those affected by cancer as well as their families. Helen joins Cavendish with a background in museum studies. She likes to spend her free time wandering the Peak District with her dog, visiting art galleries, and exploring new places.

Talk to Helen about…
– Fundraising with your community
– Corporate fundraising
– Events

Mike Sawkins, Trusts & Insight Manager

Mike first joined Cavendish Cancer Care in 2015 after several years spent carrying out biomedical research in the UK and Ireland. What he enjoys most about working here is being able to see on a daily basis the difference that our support makes to local families as a reminder of why he wanted to make that change. He briefly left us at the end of 2016 but rejoined the team in February 2018 and quickly felt as if he’d never been away! He focuses on securing funding from trusts and foundations as well as working to understand and demonstrate the impact of our work. At home Mike loves to cook and is especially happy when baking bread and sweet treats for himself and his family.

Talk to Mike about…
– Charitable trusts and foundations
– Learning more about the difference we make
– Abseiling!

Clare Sherratt, Trusts & Grants Fundraiser

Clare joined Cavendish in August 2017 to support trust and grant fundraising, as well as some other specific projects, including the role of Celebration Ball Coordinator helping to plan Cavendish’s biggest ever event which took place on 23rd March 2019.

After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in Media and Management Clare worked at a South Yorkshire charity for over ten years.  As Head of Communications and Funding she developed skills and experience in events, trusts and grants, and communications.  She has managed and supported a wide range of events including everything from balls to conferences to sponsored horse rides.  When she’s not working Clare is a keen crafter attempting to make presents for her friends from quilts to baby mobiles and is never happier (read: frustrated from getting stabbed by pins!) than when she has a project on the go.

Kirsty White, Corporate Partnerships Officer 

Kirsty’s background is within corporate events from organising team building events and large scale conferences to family fun days and parties; which all help businesses achieve maximum employee engagement. Joining the team in 2019, she wanted to showcase Cavendish in the vibrant corporate world of South Yorkshire and develop relationships with companies across the city. Working closely with these companies, she helps to develop their CSR strategy and impact on the local community living with cancer, and what better way than through a fun and engaging fundraising event for all of your employees? She loves to hear about what you’ve been up to and the direct impact your company has made on the lives of the patient, families, carers and young people of the region. Kirsty enjoys going back home to Oxfordshire from time to time and spending time outdoors in her garden, Rother Valley or the Peak District.

Talk to Kirsty about…
– Charity of the Year
– Corporate Partnerships
– Payroll Giving
– Employee Volunteering